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“So how was Israel?”

July 12, 2012

The most frequently asked question!

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Finished with Hebrew

June 18, 2012

.סוף סוף השיעורי עברית שלי מפסקו
.עשיתי מצוין במבחן, קיבלתי 94 בקורס
!יותר גבוה ממה קיבלתי באולפן בספטמבר

אני רוצה ללמוד עוד עברית כשאני חוזר הביתה אבל אני לא יכול
.כי הקורסים המודרניים במייסון גרוס והשיעורי העברית באותו זמן

.חבל

.אולי אני יכולֹ לדבר עם החברים הישראליים שלי בסקייפ או בפייסבוק או משהו כזה
.אבל לגור במקום שכל אחד מדבר השפה ממש חשוב כש אתה רוצה ללמוד את זה

?מי יודע
…אולי אני תחזור לישראל לעבוד או לרקוד או רק לבקר

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הינה כמה תמונות על הכיתה שלי:

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אני ויונת

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הכיתה שלנו

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(Continue to see the translation.)

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A Letter to Myself, In the Spirit of Packing Lists

June 15, 2012

Dear August 2011 Carlo,

With approximately two weeks left in Israel, I am preparing to leave in the way I know best:  making lists. As I decide what to pack and what to do away with, I find myself revisiting a familiar place in my mind and it’s where you are now, packing and freaking out about leaving for Israel. Now almost ten months wiser about living in this place, I’ve decided to compile a few packing lists for you, my August 2011 self:

  • things you’ll be glad you brought
  • things you had no idea you needed
  • things you need to buy right away
  • things you totally don’t need

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Acrobatics and Adama

June 8, 2012

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On Thursday, May 24, Dance Jerusalem rode to Mizpe Ramon
to the middle of Israel’s Negev Desert to visit Hangar Adama.

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From my journal:

We had found ourselves in the desert, with the freedom to take whichever classes we wanted … Acrobalance abounded, and though muscular in nature, a heavy emphasis was put on trust … We slept collectively in one of the studios, but many other convention goers slept in tents under the stars … Everyone was friendly and willing to share knowledge, or a nice back massage … Balance, balance, acrobalance, balance … Muscles, joints, quiet…

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Israeli College Student Day 2012

June 4, 2012

Something I’ve really come to appreciate about the Jewish cultural Middle East is their celebration of a generous amount of holidays. Many of the ones that stop the city of Jerusalem in its tracks are described in sacred texts. Others, like Yom HaStudent (יום הסטודנט), or Israeli College Student Day, are simply widely observed mental health days.

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My Experience as Told by Natalie Portman

May 20, 2012

Does anyone remember the time we saw Natalie Portman at The Joyce Theater when we went to see Batsheva Dance Comapny perform Project 5? She was just hanging out with Ohad Naharin. No big. It’s funny how small the world is, or how small you can make it seem when you make funny connections.

Anyway, Natalie Portman knows exactly how I feel here in Jerusalem when I’m battling my own perceptions of physical and conceptual reality, in terms of moving the body (especially in Gaga class) and approaching choreography (especially in Melanie’s class). It’s about breaking habits and releasing yourself from mental and physical (and emotional?) atrophy.

Please enjoy Portman’s perfect portrayal of my plight:

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Carlo’s Choreography Comes to a Close

May 18, 2012

A Few Notes from the Choreographer

Photos in this post are courtesy of Kyle Georgina Marsh.

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